1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set (part 2)

This is Hot Wheels’s biggest track set for 1969, the Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set.

Box art - front with included cars visible. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front with included cars visible. Courtesy eBay.

There are a lot of track pieces.

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The layout is huge.

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Here’s the fully assembled race track.

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Time for some perspective. It’s 1969 and we are about to embark on “lap after lap” action. Just the year before, we experienced ground breaking gravity tracks from Hot Wheels first year of production. And, remember, the year before that we were pushing our Matchbox/Dinky/Corgi diecast cars around the floor by hand because there were no Hot Wheels.

Now, in 1969, a massive one hundred lap race is at hand. The orange track is 44 feet long. There are 12 half curves measuring just over 1 foot each. That’s more than 56 total feet (17 meters) of track. One hundred laps means the cars will cover more than a mile (1.6 kilometres) together. From hand pushing diecast cars to mile running in just 2 years. Simply amazing!

On this track today, I am putting a gold 2010 Ford Mustang GT with Faster Than Ever wheels up against a blue 1971 redline Six Shooter.  New school vs old school. 

For more information on this track, check out my earlier review of the Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set (part 1).

1969 Hot Wheels Super-Charger Grand Prix Race Set (part 1)

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Hot Wheels Store Displays

From 1968 to 1970 Mattel produced elaborate displays that were intended to showcase the Hot Wheels line-up for store customers.

This late 1968 display looks like something right out of a big car show in Los Angeles or Detroit.

Each of the “Sweet 16” cars is represented. Five of the cars have custom paint jobs just for this display. This includes a Watermelon Custom Mustang, Chocolate Brown Custom Camaro, Honey Gold Custom T-Bird, Light Blue Custom Cougar and the Ruby Red Custom Barracuda.

For 1969 three displays are offered. The first diorama shows Hot Wheels cars on a hilly coastal roadway crossing above cars that are travelling through a tunnel.

1969 Coastal hill and tunnel display. Courtesy

1969 Coastal hill and tunnel display. Courtesy http://www.hwredlines.com/menu-grp-cars/Displays/display-US-69.shtml

The second display is located in Europe, possibly Monaco, where Grand Prix race cars are being paced at the race’s start by a Maserati Mistrel. Spectators have parked their European cars nearby. A ship at water’s edge is a nice touch.

1969 European Gran Prix display. Courtesy

1969 European Gran Prix display. Courtesy http://www.redlinegrandprix.com/Redline_GP_OddsEnds.html

The third display puts us at the Daytona Motor Speedway where race cars are on the high banks of the track. In this case, spectators from a vintage car club have shown up presumably to cheer on the Classic ’57-Bird.

Close-up. Courtesy Instagram by Bruce Pascal. http://www.online-instagram.com/media/894901587630698938_1622287635

Close-up. Courtesy Instagram by Bruce Pascal. http://www.online-instagram.com/media/894901587630698938_1622287635

The 1970 Display is a ‘Multi-Mural’ diorama with a white curved sloping track.

1970 display. Courtesy

1970 display. Courtesy eBay.

The first three murals, from left to right, show a Spoiler style car, a heavyweight vehicle and a race car.

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Close-up left side.

The last mural on the right reveals the open road for Hot Wheels to travel on.

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Close-up right side.

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Top view – left.

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Top view – right.

Also, for 1970, Hot Wheels was going ‘head-to-head’ with Matchbox so in England a special store display was used.

1970 U.K. display. Courtesy

1970 U.K. display. Courtesy pinterest.com.

The English store display is an open six-tiered white grandstand made of wood.  The entire display holds 50 cars (6 rows of 8 or 9 cars each) and has a colorful backboard illustrating a Porsche 917 with the caption, “ Here’s why more Boys prefer Hot Wheels”.  Obviously a direct challenge to Matchbox whose display looked like this…

U.K. Matchbox display. Courtesy

U.K. Matchbox display. Courtesy pinterest.com

So there you have it. A look at some of the early Hot Wheels diorama displays used in stores.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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Hot Wheels Spin and Win

During track testing of one of my 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers sets, a Ford Mark IV lost control in the dual-lane Esses. The result was a full 360 degree spin. But at the end of the spin the car was pointing the right way, in the correct lane and still racing.

This reminded me of one of the great “saves” in automotive racing.

The year was 1985, the place was Indianapolis, the race was the Indy 500…

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…the drivers were Mario Andretti and Danny Sullivan. Here’s what happened on lap 120.

So there you have it. 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers and the 1985 Indianapolis 500; two examples of “Spin and Win”. And they’re still fast. Still. fun

Sullivan passing Andretti on the front straightaway.

Sullivan passing Andretti on the front straightaway.

The Spin.

The Win.

The Win.

Front cover of the 1985 Indy 500 Yearbook.

Front cover of the 1985 Indy 500 Yearbook.

1969 Hot Wheels Quad Jump Drag Set

As a kid, the very first Hot Wheels accessory that I received was the Jump Ramp Pak.

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Box art – front. Copyright Mattel Inc.

And I loved it! To see Hot Wheels catch big air, make a perfect landing and power down the rest of the track was too cool.

Today I am making a custom track by putting 4 jump ramps together in one drag strip.

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Of the current crop of cars, I find that ’67 Camaros work very well on jumps. They roll quickly and their metal bodies on metal bases provide enough weight for the cars to sit down and stay on the track after taking a jump.

Here are the 4 ’67 Camaros that I will be racing.

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from l to r: orange ’67 Camaro, green ’67 Camaro from the Mod Bod series, black ’67 Camaro and a yellow ’67 Camaro.

And here’s the video of what happened on the track.

So there you have it. A custom track; The 1969 Hot Wheels Quad Jump Drag Strip.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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Close up of box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – back. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – side: Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Box art – other end. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Jump Ramp 4

Contents. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

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Italian version – front. Courtesy eBay.

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Italian version – back. Courtesy eBay.

1969 Hot Wheels Double-Double Drag Set

Today I am taking the 1969 Hot Wheels Double-Dare Race Action Set…

1969 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

and I am adding another pair of loops to produce the Double-Double Drag Set.

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Here are the 4 cars that will take on this track.

from l to r: a green '70 Ford Mustang Mach 1, a yellow '67 Pontiac Firebird 400, a blue '71 Dodge Demon and an orange Mercury Cougar.

from l to r: a green ’70 Ford Mustang Mach 1, a yellow ’67 Pontiac Firebird 400, a blue ’71 Dodge Demon and an orange Mercury Cougar.

Here’s a run down the track.

Ready at the start.

Ready at the start.

And they're OFF!

And they’re OFF!

Way up into the first pair of loops.

Way up into the first pair of loops.

Hustling between the loops.

Hustling between the loops.

Powering through the second set of loops.

Powering through the second set of loops.

Here comes the straightaway.

Here comes the straightaway.

Flat out!

Flat out!

Almost there...

Almost there…

This race is done!

This race is done!

See how the cars faired on my YouTube video:

So there you have it. A custom track. The 1969 Hot Wheels Double-Double Drag Set.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

 

1969 Hot Wheels 2-Way Super-Charger

The 1969 Hot Wheels 2-Way Super-Charger.

Box art - front.

Box art – front.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

Here are the instructions.

Instructions. Page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Page 1. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Page 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Page 2. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Page 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Page 3. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Page 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions. Page 4. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The 2-Way Super-Charger was only sold by itself and in 2 other sets:

The 1969 Grand Prix Race Set

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

And the 1970 Hi-Performance Set

Box art - front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Box art – front. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The standard Super-Charger typically goes with oval tracks.  It’s pretty easy for a Hot Wheels car to run on a track with just 2 full curves.

1969 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

The 2-Way Super-Charger powers figure-8 layouts.  Figure-8 tracks are a lot harder for Hot Wheels cars to deal with because they have to negotiate 6 half curves on every lap.  Appropriately, Mattel calls this figure-8 layout “The Tricky 8”.

Box art - back.

Box art – back.

Today I am putting 6 Hot Wheels cars through their paces on “The Tricky 8” track.

l to r: Aston Martin Vantage GT3, '07 Shelby GT500, '68 Mercury Cougar, Custom '15 Ford Mustang, Corvette Grand Sport and Olds 442.

l to r: Aston Martin Vantage GT3, ’07 Shelby GT500, ’68 Mercury Cougar, Custom ’15 Ford Mustang, Corvette Grand Sport and Olds 442.

Each car will attempt to run 10 laps non-stop. Here’s what happened:

So there you have it. The 1969 Hot Wheels 2-Way Super-Charger driving the figure-8 layout.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

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Box art – end.

1969 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Competition Pak

Back in 1969, if you had a bunch of orange track and you wanted to go drag racing, the easiest way to do it was to get the Competition Pak.

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Box art – front.

Box art - back.

Box art – back.

The Competition Pak comes with universal clamp, start gate, finish gate and elimination merger.

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With this drag set up I’m running 4 world cars.

l to r: orange '73 Ford Falcon XB, silver 1963 Aston Martin DB5, yellow '74 Brazilian Dodge Charger and black Toyota 2000 GT.

l to r: orange ’73 Ford Falcon XB, silver 1963 Aston Martin DB5, yellow ’74 Brazilian Dodge Charger and black Toyota 2000 GT.

These 4 cars are from South America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

The 1974 Brazilian Dodge Charger was actually a Dodge Dart with a modified Charger front clip and swept back roof pillars. But it came with a 318 cubic inch V8 and was considered “the fastest car in Brazil”.

The Ford Falcon XB, built from 1973 to 1976, was a performance car made by Ford Australia. Under the hood was a 351 cubic inch V8.  A modified version of the 1973 car was driven by Mel Gibson in the 1976 movie “Mad Max”.

The Aston Martin DB5 was released in England during 1963. It came with a magnesium alloy body and an all aluminium engine. This car is famously featured in the 1964 James Bond movie “Goldfinger”.

351 Toyota 2000GT’s were built between 1967 and 1970.  It was Japan’s first supercar and a convertible version was used in the 1967 James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice”.

Enough about the cars…time to go racing.

So there you have it. The Hot Wheels 1969 Competition Pak.

It’s still fast. Still fun.

Box art - side.

Box art – side.

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Box art – end.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors' Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors' Catalogue. Close-up of Competition Pak. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

1969 Hot Wheels Collectors’ Catalogue. Close-up of Competition Pak. Copyright Mattel, Inc.